Understanding the Different Types of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition often denoted by the following symptoms: red, patchy skin; a sometimes scaly appearance; an itchy feeling; and stiffness, swelling, or pain. Below is a breakdown of the five different types of psoriasis identified by the dermatological community.

Plaque

Psoriasis Ellebogen on an elbow

Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis, afflicting up to 80% of people with the condition. It is characterized by thick, red patches of skin and will worsen if scratched. However, sometimes diet can help manage psoriasis.

Guttate

Guttate psoriasis is the second-most common form of psoriasis. It is found in up to 10% of people suffering from psoriasis. This case typically starts in childhood or young adulthood. The spots are smaller and less clustered but can develop into plaque psoriasis over time.

Inverse

This form of psoriasis often originates in the skin folds of the body. Typical areas of distress may include under the breast, in the armpit, or the groin area. Inverse psoriasis is often misdiagnosed as an infection and usually occurs in people who have cases of psoriasis on other parts of the body. Sometimes, cases of psoriasis pop up specifically during periods of hormonal change in women.

Pustular

Pustular psoriasis ranges in severity. It will typically manifest as white pustules surrounded by red skin and may affect isolated areas of the body. Sometimes, these pustules will join together to form scaling. Occasionally, it can even cause flu-like symptoms.

Erythrodermic

Erythrodermic psoriasis is a rare form of the condition that can look like severe burns. It often occurs across entire areas of the body and can arise from prior conditions like other forms of psoriasis, sunburn, infection, alcoholism, and stress.

If suffering from any of the above conditions, the board-certified dermatologists and aestheticians at The Dermatology Clinic can help create a skin care plan custom for you. We’ve been serving the community since 1947, and our diverse and talented staff is ready to help. Call (225) 769-7546 today to schedule an appointment.

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